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  •  Hey, I just wanted to drop a note (16+ / 0-)

    Texting the Red Cross @ 90999 sends the money to a general fund that is not specifically designated for Oklahoma relief:

    "It's true that texts to 90999 go towards Disaster Relief. These donations are used to help people affected by tornadoes like the one in Moore and, the one Sunday in nearby Shawnee, the tornadoes several days ago in Texas, and other severe weather such as floods, and other crises," the American Red Cross said in Facebook statement to the International Business Times. "We don’t ask at Red Cross shelters outside of Oklahoma City whether the people seeking our help are from the Moore tornado or the Shawnee tornado. They’re all tornado survivors, and they all need our help."
    Ann Marie Borrego, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., told NewsOK some of the text donations will go to help Oklahoma recover, noting that the American Red Cross has delivered food, shelter, first aid, mobile kitchens and counseling to Moore tornado victims.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:07:13 AM PDT

    •  Those other tornadoes (16+ / 0-)

      didn't get anywhere near the coverage as the tornado in Moore, and if the ARC didn't pool money into a general fund for victims of all disasters, there would be plenty of people who would not receive anything.

      When I went to Sri Lanka, there was more money donated for tsunami relief than anyone knew what to do with.  As I went around and visited the communities IOM (International Organization for Migration) served, I also saw 'temporary housing' that was built for victims of the civil war from ten or 15 years earlier.  People still lived in those communities, but they were run down and delapidated.  The housing was built miles from the ocean, and the people who lived there were previously fishermen who now had no work.

      People have to think that for every disaster that makes the news: Katrina, the tsunami(s), Sandy, Moore, there are 10 or 20 disasters that no one ever hears about.

      "Less regulation is the key to the economic miracle of Texas." - Gov. Rick Perry... and then less regulation exploded...

      by Khun David on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:19:45 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I have a lot of respect (3+ / 0-)
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        for the Red Cross, as I've been a volunteer and a blood donor for years. They have their problems, however, and I think if people want to donate specifically to help Moore, they should be aware of this. I always donate to the general disaster fund, because as you said, there's a lot of people in need that you never hear about.
        I'm going down to Moore (hopefully) next week to help cook  pork burgers and hand out food and water.
        (KD, that must have been incredible being over in Sri Lanka after the tsunami. Did you ever write about the experience?)

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Thu May 23, 2013 at 08:24:46 AM PDT

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    •  Jeers to Short Term Memories (7+ / 0-)

      Doesn't some media outlet run this story after every disaster where the American Red Cross cranks up the donation machine?  As what point does this become, to borrow a phrase, a "known known"?

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